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Mathematics Department Chair

Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Mathematics
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University seeks a tenured full professor and department chair for the Department of Mathematics.

Primary responsibilities of the department chair are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service; to advance the growth and professional development of students, faculty, and staff; to create a welcoming and inclusive climate; to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion; to promote fruitful contact with all external constituents including alumni, industry and government agencies; to foster productive relationships with a variety of entities across the university community; and to facilitate faculty efforts to attract extramural grant and contract funding.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to maintain their own program of scholarship in a manner that is consistent with a primary administrative appointment. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; a commitment to diversity; and excellent interpersonal skills. The candidate will possess the supervisory and leadership skills needed to lead and advance a diverse community of accomplished teachers and scholars.

For guaranteed consideration, apply by August 15th, 2021.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in Mathematics, or a related discipline
• Must meet the university, college, and department requirements for appointment as a tenured full professor
• Recognition for research and scholarship commensurate with a tenured full professor

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated record of effective leadership abilities and administrative experience in higher education
• Excellent record of accomplishment within the areas of teaching, research, and service
• Evidence of organizational and personnel management skills
• Experience of supporting student success
• Ability to develop and foster relationships with students, faculty, staff and external constituents
• Evidence of fiscal and budget experience and commitment to generating external funding
• Evidence of commitment to supporting the teaching and research missions of a major research university
• Evidence of commitment and ability to create a climate of diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff

Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Mathematics provides a vibrant intellectual environment and includes about 35 tenure-eligible faculty, 25 teaching faculty and postdoctoral associates, and 70 graduate students. The department offers undergraduate degrees, M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and a post-baccalaureate certificate program. The Department is housed in Carver Hall, whose naming in honor of George Washington Carver reflects the university’s long-standing commitment to diversity. As part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department is strongly committed to serving all students with which it engages and advancing the frontiers of knowledge in both pure and applied mathematics as well as in a variety of interdisciplinary research programs. For further information about the department, please visit our website at

Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Iowa State University, with about 7,000 students, 22 departments, one professional school, and numerous cross-disciplinary programs.  Its internationally renowned research programs in science, social science, and the humanities form the intellectual core of the university, while its broad curricular offerings and emphasis on student-centered learning engage every student on campus.

Iowa State University is a global and multicultural university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building a welcoming academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with students, colleagues, and constituents from a variety of backgrounds. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

As an equal-opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, Iowa State University strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.


Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:

July 1, 2022

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, click on the link below, then click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References (References are contacted only for applicants who are selected for and agree to an interview.)

Additional Required Applicant Materials:

4) Statement of Research and Teaching Interests

5) Statement on Leadership, Vision, and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.


For guaranteed consideration, apply by August 15th, 2021.

Original Posting Date:

July 1, 2021



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